I rarely ever did the hosting thing until I moved from my apartment in LA to my first home earlier this year. Now that I have a bigger space and yard, and lots of family near by, I’ve become quite “the hostess with the mostest.” In a year, I’ve learned a lot about hosting. I got to learn the do’s and dont’s, what works for me and what doesn’t. Most importantly, I’ve learned what my hosting style is, so that I can personally enjoy the party as well! These are 3 essential tips I have on hosting:
- Think ahead of the obstacles that may arise, find solutions, execute. I like to think and find solutions to obstacles that may arise and try to find ways to avoid having less people asking where this and that is (basically the more seamless the party goes, the more I can personally enjoy it).The goal is to have an easy flow of execution and party time! For example, have the things that people most request easily accessible like: napkins, spoons, plates, cups, water etc. create a pretty little area for them so they can feel welcomed to grab. Another obstacle can be needing some last minute ingredients, extra food stuff for last minute guests, and/or party related stuff. The last thing I know I want to do is waste time going to a grocery store. Having a membership like Walmart+ has been super beneficial for me for times like this! For those who aren’t familiar, Walmart+ is a membership program by Walmart that helps you save more time & money. With free delivery from your local Walmart store, you can get fresh groceries & more delivered as soon as today, at the low prices you love. Another benefit about this is that they offer free shipping! ($35 order minimum. Restrictions apply.) Having an app like this accessible for any last minute needs has been essential as a party host, especially during the holidays. I get to spend my time doing other things and more quality time with friends and family. If you’d like to learn more about the Walmart+ app, you can do so: here. I like to have solutions to possible problems that way the day feels more at ease for me. By planning ahead, execution will be seamless!
- Charcuterie Board! This is a non-negotiable for me. Not only do I personally enjoy making charcuterie boards but people also really seem to enjoy these. It’s no doubt a party favorite! You get so many little flavors and options on a board, there’s something for everyone. They are so easy to whip up, throw some flowers, leaves, or something creatively decorative – you’ve got yourself something presentable and something for people to mingle over with wine. You can’t go wrong! Shop my charcuterie board Walmart ingredients: sweet potato pies, blue cheese, whole cashews, red grapes, jalapeno stuffed olives, and a ready to go cheese board tray.
- Create a mood-board. I do this usually on Pinterest or on Instagram. This is something that brings joy to me, as a host, the setup and decor part of the party. Themes and color schemes – I love to get inspired by searching ideas on different platforms. I create a folder and add all my favorite ideas of table setups, aesthetics, food and more all into one place. Finding so many cute and aesthetically appealing ideas, gets me very inspired and excited to plan. Then, I create a list of the essential things I would like for the party. This helps keep me organized and check mark one thing at a time on my list.
Hope these are all tips that will help ease your next hosting moment, especially during the holidays!
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